TED talks

Fei Fei Li

Every other Tuesday our team sits together to watch a TED Talk. Today we listened to Fei Fei Li. In this video, recorded at TED 2015, she describes the state of the art — including the database of 15 million photos her team built to “teach” a computer to understand pictures — and the key insights yet to come.

About Fei Fei Li
Using algorithms built on machine learning methods such as neural network models, the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab led by Fei-Fei Li has created software capable of recognizing scenes in still photographs — and accurately describe them using natural language.

Li’s work with neural networks and computer vision (with Stanford’s Vision Lab) marks a significant step forward for AI research, and could lead to applications ranging from more intuitive image searches to robots able to make autonomous decisions in unfamiliar situations. Fei-Fei was honored as one of Foreign Policy’s 2015 Global Thinkers.

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Rana el Kaliouby

It’s time for the December edition of TED Talks Tuesday. Today we give the floor to Rana el Kaliouby. At the TEDWomen conference in May 2015 she demonstrated a powerful new technology that reads your facial expressions and matches them to corresponding emotions. This “emotion engine” has big implications, she says, and could change not just how we interact with machines — but with each other.

About Rana el Kaliouby
As chief science officer and co-founder of Affectiva, an MIT Media Lab spin-off, Rana is on a mission to bring emotion intelligence to our digital experiences. She leads the company’s emotion analytics team, which is responsible for developing emotion-sensing algorithms and mining the world’s largest emotion data database. So far, they’ve collected 12 billion emotion data points from 2.9 million face videos from volunteers in 75 countries. The company’s platform is used by many Fortune Global 100 companies to measure consumer engagement, and is pioneering emotion-enabled digital apps for enterprise, entertainment, video communication and online education.

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Nick Bostrom

Every other Tuesday our team sits together to watch a TED Talk. Today we listened to Nick Bostrom. In this video, recorded at the TED conference in 2015, he asks us to think hard about the world we’re building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?

About this speaker
Since 2005 philosopher Nick Bostrom has led the Future of Humanity Institute, a research group of mathematicians, philosophers and scientists at Oxford University tasked with investigating the big picture for the human condition and its future. He has been referred to as one of the most important thinkers of our age. His recent book Super intelligence advances the ominous idea that “the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.”

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